Down dog is an essential pose for so many yogis myself included. I personally consider this posture foundational for any strong practice, especially at the beginning! The benefits of down dog start with the gentle stretch of the back of the legs, along with decompressing the spine and allows the body all the benefits of an inversion without going completely upside down.
- Keep wrists shoulder width apart
- Splay the fingers and PRESS firmly into the fingers until the palms lift (this evenly distributes the weight throughout the entire hand as opposed to it just sitting in the wrists)
- Keep the ears resting beside the biceps
- Allow the eye gaze to fall between the inner thighs
- Feet should remain shoulder width apart
- HEELS DO NOT HAVE TO TOUCH THE FLOOR!
So as long as your alignment falls within these parameters, feel free to add personal expression through breath or movement.
Stay Safe and Stay Sweating my sweet Yogis.